Windows 10: Missing files after switching to new drive for boot

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  1.    1 Week Ago #11

    JoshBungs said: View Post
    no that is incorrect. The F: drive was my Samsung SSD, always listed as such. The drive sizes are also different, so there was a clear distinction as well as a difference in the labelling.
    So, according to your OP - you had a HDD, which when it was booting as the only drive was C: drive. Then you cloned it to an SSD, and when you booted Windows from the SSD, the SSD running Windows on it was F: drive. That's quite a cloning program that would change all the registry entries required to run Windows from F: drive. In normal circumstances, as @CountMike points out, when Windows loads, the partition containing that Windows system is C: drive. Load Windows on drive 0 - it gets C: and drive 1 will get a different letter. Load Windows on drive 1 - it gets C: and drive 0 will get a different letter.

    I have yet to see a cloning program that will clone a Windows partition and make all the changes to the Windows registry to change it's drive letter to make it get something other than C: drive when booted into.
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  2.    1 Week Ago #12

    I see what is going on now. After cloning the HDD to the SSD, when you rebooted, the SSD became C: and the HDD became F:. You must not have changed the boot order in the Bios and Windows booted from the F: HDD and not the SSD. You continued to boot from the HDD F: and save files to it, then you removed the HDD and now your files are missing or rather they were never saved to the SSD to begin with.
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  3.    1 Week Ago #13

    CountMike said: View Post
    You said that "now the SSD has been renamed to C:" so I suspect your cloning did not go thru well. Whichever disk/partition you BOOT from Windows labels C:\. It's possible that all this time you had both disks in, it was BOOTing from one disk but running Windows from another one.
    I suspect that is probably correct. But doesn't explain the missing documents or document folders that were saved specifically to the SSD
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  4.    1 Week Ago #14

    NavyLCDR said: View Post
    So, according to your OP - you had a HDD, which when it was booting as the only drive was C: drive. Then you cloned it to an SSD, and when you booted Windows from the SSD, the SSD running Windows on it was F: drive. That's quite a cloning program that would change all the registry entries required to run Windows from F: drive. In normal circumstances, as @CountMike points out, when Windows loads, the partition containing that Windows system is C: drive. Load Windows on drive 0 - it gets C: and drive 1 will get a different letter. Load Windows on drive 1 - it gets C: and drive 0 will get a different letter.

    I have yet to see a cloning program that will clone a Windows partition and make all the changes to the Windows registry to change it's drive letter to make it get something other than C: drive when booted into.
    it may be that I was incorrect on which drive it was booting from, but the speed seemed to be as such that it was the SSD while the SSD was still labeled F:
    I had manually changed the boot order to prioritize the F: drive to boot from. But I may be incorrect. It is probably as CountMike said, it booted from one drive but ran windows from another.
    However I am 100% certain F: was my SSD and F: had my newly created documents on it. Now it does not
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  5.    1 Week Ago #15

    In BIOS, you don't choose which drive to BOOT of by letter but by Disk 0,1, etc. Letters are assigned by OS and don't "stick" with disk or partition. Letters are assigned starting with C:\ for Windows partition and not necessarily for disk/partition it BOOTs from. Some of reasons it's recommended to disconnect any other drives while installing OS.
    UEFI BIOS looks at disks that have UEFI partitions first which are not easily distinguished so scenario where it BOOTs from one physical disk and runs Windows from another is quite plausible.
    Windows just doesn't delete any files that are 3rd party automatically, files could be damaged in some way if disk is not in full working order or file system damaged but for them just to disappear is practically impossible, even when AV deletes them becuase of some malware, they could be traced..
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  6.    1 Week Ago #16

    so it seems there is no solution.
    thanks for your time everyone
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